The Clarence – Bury

It’s been a few years since i moved from Manchester to Heywood and i can honestly say i still don’t really know my surroundings. Instead of taking drives around the area, exploring new eateries and walks we discovered Bury and it stuck.

The Clarence in Bury is one of the main reasons why!

It’s a great pub with out of the world food and it has been lovely to see the place boom from year to year! Winning one of the Manchester Food & Drink awards this year for best food pub helped with that i’m sure.

When friends venture out to this neck of the woods, i always take them here. All those times i’ve sat downstairs in the bar/lounge area but upstairs there is a main restaurant area, the building is huge.

My favourite thing about the building is that they’ve renovated somewhere and kept the charm of it. I love when businesses do that!

On this occasion i visited with Mark and Cora, we opted to sit next to the fire as it was seriously cold outside. Mark went for a Budweider and i had a glass of their house red which is honestly better than most restaurants expensive choices. It is a Spanish Garnacha by Bodegas Borsao and only £2.75 for a 125ml, bargain!

The Starters

The lunch menu is two courses for £12.75 so we had to go for it.

My starter was the sauteed wild mushrooms on toasted sourdough with caramelised onions and mushroom cream. Now i don’t know why because i know it’s very trendy but i’m not the biggest fan of sourdough, i find it too chewy but this was fine as the mushroom and the creamy sauce was placed on top. The onions complimented the dish perfectly and even the pea shoots which taste like peas so it is a winner.

Mark went for the soup of the day which was Carrot, ginger and chilli which came with a white bloomer. A perfect choice for a winters day.

The Mains

My main was a show stopper, i chose the fish of the day which was the pan fried cod with scallops. As soon as the waiter said it i knew i was in for a treat. The mash at The Clarence is always amazing, so much so i dreamt of it once… might be the Irish in me. This mash had lemon infused into it which was so delicious and obviously matched with the fish.

Mark went for a classic burger and added pulled pork onto it, meat with meat, that’s the South African in him haha. The burger is something i need to get next time as two people now have said it’s one of the best ones on the market so really i need to test that out.

Cora had something from the kids menu and what we like about the kids menu is that it isn’t oily, bland or sugary food. It’s a small version of a good adults meal. So for £7 she had a well sized piece of salmon, mash and broccoli with a glass of milk. It went down extremely well and because she’s only a baby still i got to finish it off. Ahh the perks of parenthood!

Do you know of any good pub food type places in Lancashire? Let me know in the comments. 🙂